Thursday, February 9, 2012

Model Aviation: Then and Now, an Interview with Capitol City Radio Control Club member, Oscar Tissue

Oscar Tissue with a free-flight 
model plane he built 1942

Clinton resident Oscar Tissue recalls many happy memories from his boyhood days and his first model airplanes.  Housed in Oscar’s workshop today are several glow fuel-powered models, a couple of electric planes and some of the latest and greatest computerized 2.4GHz radio equipment. – a far cry from the free-flight models (powered by rubber bands) of his youth.

 “The first radio control plane I ever saw was the DeBolt kit my buddy Wayne Sistrunk brought back from England after World War II.  I had taken my free flight sailplane kit with me when I was serving overseas in the US Army Air Corps. This RC plane Sistrunk had gotten over there, was something quite different.  It required a radio transmitter control box and a receiver inside the plane.  All it had was rudder control."

"We were inexperienced and didn’t have anyone to tell us what to do, but we were excited and couldn’t wait to try it out.   I didn’t realize that a wire hanging out of the plane was the antenna that enabled the transmitter to communicate with the receiver.  Right before we took the plane up for the third time, I had stepped on the wire and pulled it loose.  So when the plane took off, Wayne started moving the controls on the transmitter - but nothing happened.  That plane just ignored us, and it kept going, and going… and going.  We stood there, helpless to do anything about it.  It got so far away all we could see was a tiny dot.  And then it totally disappeared. We hadn’t thought to write our name and address on the plane. We went all over, trying to find that plane. But we never did.”  Laughing, “And that was my first experience with radio control.”  Smiling. “But it was not my last.”

Oscar Tissue with a trainer
plane donated to CCRCC by PlayPen

Tissue never lost his enthusiasm for building and flying RC model aircraft and he helped many people learn how to fly over the years.  “Flying RC aircraft is not as easy as it might look.  Anyone can learn how, but it requires practice.  It helps a great deal to work with an experienced pilot when you’re getting started. Nowadays we’ve got trainer models, buddy-box radio systems and those things are a big help when someone wants to learn to fly. ”
Glow fuel-powered RC plane flying over Hinkle Field

“Bob Hinkle was a great guy. He and some friends started a model airplane-flying club right after WWII.  It later came to be known as the Capitol City Radio Control Club (CCRCC).  Sistrunk and I used to live in Philadelphia MS and we would drive down to Jackson to attend their flying contests. Hinkle Field at Butts Park is named after Bob. We used to fly at several different places. But not too long after Janet and I moved to Clinton (in 1970), CCRCC got permission from the City of Jackson to use the field at Butts Park. And that’s been our primary place to fly ever since.”

CCRCC is an AMA charter club. AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) is a self-supporting, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the development of model aviation as a recognized sport and worthwhile recreation activity. It is the official national body for model aviation in the United States and the chartering organization for more than 2,500 model aviation clubs across the US. AMA sanctions more than a thousand model competitions each year, and certifies official model flying records on a national and international level. AMA’s website:
Hinkle Field is located at the far end of 
Buddy Butts Park, 6180 N. McRaven Street.

If you are already into radio control aviation, or are interested in learning more about it, CCRCC would love to hear from you.  Club dues are $40 per year and are used to keep the flying field maintained and for club activities. Club-sponsored events each year include two fun-fly events and an IMAC flying competition held at Hinkle Field, as well as two Swap Meets held in the gymnasium at Alta Woods church.  The public is invited.
2011 Swap Meet

CCRCC’s first Swap Meet of 2012 is from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday February 11   in the Gymnasium at Alta Woods United Methodist Church, 109 Alta Woods Blvd, Jackson MS 39204.  Admission:  $5 per family.  There will be free coffee, and refreshments for sale.  The Swap Meets are a great opportunity for beginners or anyone considering Radio Control as a hobby, to talk with experienced flyers of all skill levels.  

Tissue: “My advice to somebody new to radio control aircraft is, don’t go out and spend a bunch of money initially.  If you can join a club and use somebody’s trainer airplane, that’s your best bet.  Some people spend a lot of money and when they crash their plane, they get discouraged and quit. Take your time, learn your way around, and stick with it. It’s a wonderful hobby and a lot of fun.”

CCRCC’s Magnolia Classic Fly-In Event will be held at Hinkle Field on Saturday April 28.  Fly-ins feature lots of great flying, food, trophies, raffles and fun for the entire family.  Admission is free to the public.

For more information about CCRCC events, joining the club or learning how to fly, contact Charles Williams of Clinton who is CCRCC’s Newsletter Editor, 601-924-7176 or visit the club’s website at

Sunday, January 29, 2012

RC Events in the Jackson Mississippi Metro Area

We recently joined the Capitol City Radio Control Club and are fortunate to live close to the flying field at Buddy Butts Park. CCRCC is an AMA charter club. AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) is a self-supporting, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the development of model aviation as a recognized sport and worthwhile recreation activity. It is the official national body for model aviation in the United States and the chartering organization for more than 2,500 model aviation clubs across the US. AMA sanctions more than a thousand model competitions each year, and certifies official model flying records on a national and international level. AMA’s website:

CCRCC’s first Swap Meet of 2012 is from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday February 11   in the Gymnasium at Alta Woods United Methodist Church, 109 Alta Woods Blvd, Jackson MS 39204.  Admission:  $5 per family.  There will be free coffee, and refreshments for sale.  The Swap Meets are a great opportunity for beginners or anyone considering Radio Control as a hobby, to talk with experienced flyers of all skill levels.  

2011 Swap Meet
CCRCC’s Magnolia Classic Fly-In Event will be held at Hinkle Field on Saturday April 28.  Fly-ins feature lots of great flying, food, trophies, raffles and fun for the entire family.  Admission is free to the public.  Pilot's fee:  $15 (includes lunch and other benefits) 

Glow Fuel Powered Plane 
flying over Hinkle Field

If you are already into radio control aviation, or are interested in learning more about it, CCRCC would love to hear from you.  Club dues are $40 per year and are used to keep the flying field maintained and for club activities. For more information about CCRCC events, joining the club or learning how to fly, contact Charles Williams of Clinton who is CCRCC’s Newsletter Editor, 601-924-7176, or visit the club’s website at

Hinkle Field is located at the far end of Buddy Butts Park, 
6180 N. McRaven Street, Jackson MS 39204

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Save on Shipping when You Shop for RC Toys, Planes and Gifts

Shopping online is not only convenient and fun, it also saves lots of time - time that we can spend doing other things.  And it can save us $ money $ too!  I have become completely spoiled, shopping from home in my comfy PJ's and slippers, whilst sipping a cup of hot tea with a warm puppy dog snoozing on my lap.  Ahhhhhh.  And having my purchases delivered right to my door?  What's not to like?

Well, I can think of one thing...  not to like, that is.  When I let something slip up on me and order a gift at the last minute, the cost of express 2-day or overnight shipping by air, can be astronomical - OUCH!  The major shippers' rates for Ground Shipping (e.g., UPS ground, FedEx Ground or Home Delivery) and the cost of USPS Priority Mail are quite reasonable to my way of thinking.  And unless there's a big ice storm making major highways impassable, widespread power outages, or something else causing delays, I can usually expect to receive an order (from a company located in the continental U.S.), a mere three business days after I complete my on-line purchase.  I often receive my goodies 2 days later!  But next-day- and 2nd-day- air shipping prices make me want to cry.  Just because I was a little forgetful or I procrastinated a day or two, now it's gonna take an entire fleet of jet airplanes, mega-quantities of jet fuel, pilots and crews, and who knows how many other folks jumping through umpteen-dozen hoops, to get that all-important item delivered in time?!!!  "Why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow?", you ask.  The cost of overnight shipping is why!  LOL!  It is a testament to American ingenuity and resourcefulness that we have reliable overnight shipping options, but it just hurts my little feelings to pay four to five times as much, because I didn't order that gift a couple of days earlier!

Sending documents overnight via USPS Express Mail in a Flat Rate Envelope is not terribly pricy.  But I rarely, if ever, shop for gifts that will fit in a Flat Rate Envelope!  On our website,, we sell items that range in length and weight from a few inches and ounces, to several feet long and weighing as much as 80 pounds.  For a small foamie RC airplane that costs a maximum of $12-13 to ship via ground shipping or Priority Mail, the cost to ship it overnight, half-way across the US, is over $65.  How depressing!

Last year, in the last few days leading up to Christmas Day, we felt our customers' pain, as they did their last-minute shopping, and encountered the overnight and 2nd-day shipping charges.  Arghhhh!

So we put on our thinking caps and came up with something new, that might just be bordering on genius - lol!  We already offered RC Gift Certificates that could be purchased as late as December 23rd and delivered by email before Christmas Day.  So that was one possible solution.  But we were hoping to offer another alternative as well. 

What we cooked up, is:  "YOUR GIFT IS ON THE WAY."  The way this option works is, if you need an RC Gift FAST, but you want to avoid the added expense of express shipping, then, when you checkout, stick with the normal Ground Shipping method - but provide us with some extra information, so that we can send a colorful, personalized message from you, to the person receiving the gift.  On or before Christmas Day, we will forward a YOUR GIFT IS ON THE WAY message to them (and we'll copy you on the message) (OR - we can send it to you and you can give it to them) to let them know that, being the thoughtful and wonderful person you are, you have purchased their gift, it's on the way to them, but it might not get there before Christmas Day.  We can even include photos of the item(s) you bought for them. 

Here's a SAMPLE:

Pretty cool, huh?  Just think of all the money you will save! The deadline for YOUR GIFT IS ON THE WAY for Christmas 2011, is 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, December 24th.  That is, you must make your purchase and complete the checkout process by 10 am on Dec 24.

  • During Checkout, under "Bill To" complete your information, including your email address and phone number (in case we have questions);
  • Under "Ship To", be sure to include the gift recipient's correct email address (or your email address, if you prefer that we send it to you);
  • On the next page of Checkout, in the Comments box, type the personal message you want us to include in the email message (there's a sample below).  Also tell us whether you want the email sent that day, or if you want it sent early in the morning, on December 25th. 
  • We will do the rest! We will compose and send the message according to your instructions, and we will copy you on the message
  •  When the items you purchased ship out, we will send an email message to you that includes shipment tracking information.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for shopping at RC Planes and Copters

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

About Our Business - What's New at RC Planes and Copters December 2011

We Have Moved!
  We recently relocated our administrative and customer support offices from Ridgeland to Clinton Mississippi.  We've found that Clinton, which is a Certified Main Street Community, is a great place to live and work. The historic business district has tree-lined brick paved streets that are surrounded by shops, offices and government agencies housed in gorgeous old buildings.  The folks here are very friendly, community-oriented, and everyone supports and appreciates the top-rated Clinton public schools and Mississippi College.  Clinton has several public parks which are great places to enjoy the RC hobby outdoors.  And the Capitol City Radio Control Club's flying field is just minutes away.

One of the great things about running a small business like ours, is that we still have close contact with our customers.  We enjoy talking with them, helping them find what they need, and hearing what they think of the products they purchased.  Their feedback is nearly always positive and customers rarely call us with problems, but when they do, that's helpful too.  We are not satisfied until our customers are satisfied - 100%. If you have any feedback to share, we would love to hear from you!  

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New Arrivals! 
Just in time for Christmas, popular radio control manufacturers Megatech and Venom have introduced two new electric RC helicopters. As of December 10th, they are In Stock and Ready to Ship!  Venom's Ozone Elite and the Whirlwind 3000 from Megatech are both targeted at first-time pilots and those with only minimal flight experience. Both have features typically found on models costing a good bit more and from a quality, fun-quotient and bang for bucks perspective, are worth finding out more about.

The Megatech Whirlwind 3000, recommended for ages 8 and older hovers up to 50 feet - for those with very high ceilings!  The Whirlwind is Ready to Fly in minutes out of the box; just add 6 AA batteries to the transmitter, charge up the onboard LiPO battery pack, and you are set for lift off.  Its 2-stick radio has a built-in charger. A micro motor controls the tail rotor, providing accurate stability and control whether moving forward, backward, left or right.  Electronic and gyroscopic components and weighted fly-bar make for maximum stability while in hovering mode. Retail price is $59.99 but it is currently sale priced at just $42.25

For just a few dollars more, Venom's Ozone Elite remote control helicopter is easy-to-fly and man, is it ever great-looking too! The 3.5 channel Ozone Elite is targeted primarily at beginners but has enough features and agility to keep more experienced chopper pilots coming back for more. Its sleek, stylish appearance, ease of operation, and indoors and outdoors capability make the Ozone Elite a welcome addition to Venom's line of quality-constructed, reasonably priced, electric RC helicopters.

Also Ready to Fly out-of-the-box (with the exception of 4 AA batteries), the Elite's high stability is due in part to its counter-rotating rotor design, while maneuverability and control are enhanced by a built-in gyro. For lights-off-in-the-room or night flying outside, utilize the front LED light and multicolored boom lights controllable from the 3.5 Channel transmitter. Recommended for ages 14 and up, the Elite has 2 easily switchable flight modes, Beginner and Advanced, so that once you master the basics, there is plenty more fun ahead. Selling at most retailers for $69.99, the Ozone Elite can be purchased from us for less than $60.00! And like all Venom RC helicopters, is backed by the company's Warranty and toll-free service line.  We carry extra rechargeable LiPo battery packs and the full line of replacement parts.

If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, don't hesitate to ask.  We enjoy hearing from our customers and are glad to help any way that we can.  Keep it safe, and keep it flying!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Looking for a Radio Control Spy Plane to Add to your Fleet? Check out the EDF U-2

In the 1950's, a brilliant designer, Kelly Johnson, working for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation came up with a design intended for US military strategic reconnaissance missions.  The new craft would need to maintain an operational ceiling of 70,000 feet to avoid detection by Soviet radar. It was believed that it would be immune to detection as well as their fighters and missiles at 70,000 feet. Johnson and his team's design was unique, giving their brain-child sailplane-like wings that are amazingly efficient and a jet that's easy to control at very high altitudes where it's intended to operate, but difficult to fly at lower altitudes, sensitive to cross-winds and difficult to land.  The US Military turned down the initial design, but the CIA entered into a contract with Lockheed and the first 20 U-2's ever built were operated by the CIA.  The famous U-2 Incident occurred on May 1, 1960, when CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down over Soviet airspace. There's a great Wikipedia article about the U-2 at and you can read about the U-2 Incident at

Phase 3 has generated a lot of buzz and excitement with the release of their well-designed radio controlled U-2 model aircraft. Our first shipment of U-2's is en route and we'll have 'em in, and ready to ship out on December 30 2010.

The U-2 is a high performance radio controlled electric ducted fan jet that flies like a glider. It's loaded with great features. The U-2's wings plug in to its fuselage - they're easy to remove for transport and reattach. The ready-to-fly version (RTF) comes with absolutely everything needed except AA alkaline batteries for the radio Transmitter. The included 5-channel Aerosport 2.4GHz radio and receiver are full range, fully proportional, and can be used with other planes. The large pop-off canopy is held on with magnets for quick and easy access to the LiPo battery. It will be easy to keep the plane looking brand new for years - the super durable foam is damage-resistant, easy to repair and can be touched up with paint. Ready To Fly U-2 Radio Control Spy Plane EDF Brushless

In addition to the RTF version, the U-2 also comes in an IBind version and a Kit. The RTF and IBind versions come in the black stealth color scheme and the Kit version is white. The IBind version includes an Airtronics RX500 receiver (which is super easy to bind with any Airtronics or Aerosport 2.4GHz transmitter) but it does not include a transmitter (for those who like to save a few bucks and make use of their own transmitter). IBind U-2 RC Jet Spy Plane

Note: The jet's wings will flex in flight as with the full-size U-2. You should avoid pulling high G maneuvers when flying at full speed or after a steep dive, to avoid over-stressing the airframe.
  • Wingspan: 1,690mm (66.5 Inches)
  • Length: 1,030mm (40.5 Inches)
  • The RTF version comes with fully proportional, full range Aerosport 2.4GHz Radio
  • The RTF and IBind versions include an RX500 5 channel 2.4GHz Receiver
  • Durable, Lightweight Factory-Molded Foam Airframe
  • EPP Foam Construction is Easily Repaired and Damage Resistant
  • Wings are Reinforced with 3 Internal Carbon Fiber Rods
  • Plug-In Wings Make it Easy to Transport
  • No Glue Required
  • Realistic Stealth Color Scheme
  • Easy Access to Battery Via Large pop-off Canopy (held on with magnets)
  • Custom, Powerful Brushless Motor Included
  • High Performance Fan Unit Included
  • Li-Po Battery and Balancing Charger Included with the RTF & IBind versions (but not the Kit)
  • 3 Factory Fitted Servos
  • Smooth, Fast and Stable Flying
After Christmas Sale at RC Planes and Copters

Friday, December 3, 2010

Get the Most for Your Hobby Dollars - How To Get Best Results from your RC LiPO Battery Packs

I know how exciting it is to receive a shipment of new RC products - and how great the temptation can be to rush out and try them immediately. But I've learned (yes, sometimes the hard way), that to get the best value for my money, protect my RC products and personal safety, it is smart to cool my jets a bit and take the time to read the safety and use guidelines first. This is especially true when it comes to LiPo batteries.

Here are some Guidelines on Safety, How to Break In a New LiPo Battery Pack, Charging, Discharging, Storage Charge and Disposal.

Safety Guidelines

1. Always use a charger specifically designed for Lithium Polymer batteries. Never use NiCD or NiMH type chargers to charge LiPO batteries. Failure to do so will damage the batteries and may cause fire and personal injury.
2. Always charge batteries in a fire proof container. Do not charge batteries on wood, cloth, carpet, in your model, or on any other flammable material. Have a chemical fire extinguisher near by in case of fire.
3. Never leave batteries unattended while charging. Always observe batteries when charging so that you can react to any problems that may occur.
4. If a battery is deformed, swollen or appears damaged, DO NOT CHARGE. Follow the disposal instructions below to properly and safely dispose the battery.
5. Any time you have an accident with your model or if the battery swells “balloons” or if the battery exceeds temperature guidelines, follow these safety steps:

a. Immediately remove the battery pack from your model or charger.
b. Place the battery in a non-flammable, well ventilated area.
c. Observe the battery for 30 minutes from a safe distance.
d. After 30 minutes, if the pack appears stable, is not swollen and does not show any signs of damage, return the battery pack to normal use with caution.

6. Do not allow exposed battery wires to touch each other. This may cause the battery to short and potentially cause a fire.
7. Store your batteries in a cool, dry place between 40-80 Fº / 4-26 Cº.
8. Do not assemble unmatched or dissimilar LiPO cells.
9. Store battery packs out of the reach of children and pets.

Charging Instructions

1. Venom Lithium Polymer Power Cells and the other LiPo battery packs with more than a single cell that we carry, feature a separate balancing plug that isolates each cell in a pack and charges it independently. This ensures that all cells peak equally and discharge at the same rate during use. Refer to the instructions that came with the battery pack regarding how to identify the balancing plug.
2. Charge each battery pack individually. Never charge battery packs in series. Charging packs in series may result in improper charger cell recognition and an improper charging rate that may lead to overcharging, cell damage and fire. We recommend using the Venom Pro Charger™ when charging your LiPO batteries. The Venom Pro Charger™ is designed to automatically peak charge individual pack cells (up to 6 cell packs) with convenience and ease. We carry the Pro Charger, the Pro Charger Plus and they are available in versions with power supply and without power supply.
3. Always check to make sure that your charger settings match those listed on the battery pack label. Refer to the battery label for the proper cell count and charging amperage setting. Selecting a cell count or amperage charge rate other than the one listed on the battery pack will damage the battery and may cause a fire.
4. Make sure the battery connections are connected in the correct polarity. A wrong connection will damage the battery and may cause a fire.
5. Always check battery pack voltage before charging. Do not discharge LiPO batteries below 3.0 Volts per cell. The voltage of a typical LiPO cell at rest is 3.7 Volts. If the battery pack appears swollen or damaged, DO NOT attempt to charge it. Check the voltage and follow Step 5 from the Safety Guidelines section.
6. Do not charge at over 1C current. C= battery pack mAh capacity ÷ 1000. Divide the battery mAh capacity by 1,000 to determine the proper charge rate. 

Example:  1200mah ÷ 1000 = 1.20 Amps

Charge Rate for Venom Power LiPO Battery Packs, example:
a. 800mah Capacity = 0.80 Amps
b. 1200mah Capacity = 1.20 Amps
c. 2000mah Capacity = 2.00 Amps

Some packs will let you charge at greater than 1C, but you'll shorten their overall lifespan if you do.

7. Do not peak charge to more than 4.2 Volts per cell. Example: A 2S Battery Pack contains two cells, therefore the peak voltage should not exceed 8.4 Volts.
8. Battery Temperature is critical. Please use the following guidelines:

a. Charge Temp Range: 32 - 110Fº / 0-43Cº
b. Discharge Temp Range: 32 - 140Fº / 0-60Cº
c. Storage Temp Range: 40 - 80Fº / 4-26Cº

For optimum performance in cold climates, warm the pack to 100Fº/ 37Cº before use.

9. If the battery exceeds the temperature guidelines as above, isolate the battery pack and follow Step 5 from the Guidelines and Warnings section.

Breaking-In a New Battery

1. New LiPO battery packs may require 12 or more charge/discharge cycles before the battery’s optimum performance is reached.
2. During this time, it is recommended that the battery pack is not discharged over 7C. 7C = 7 x 1C, where 1C= battery pack mAh capacity ÷ 1000. Example: [(1250mAh ÷ 1000) x 7] = 8.75 Amps

Recommended Maximum Discharge Rates During Break-In Period:
a. 800mah Capacity = 5.4 Amps
b. 1200mah Capacity = 8.4 Amps
c. 2000mah Capacity = 14 Amps

Discharging Instructions

1. Never discharge a LiPO battery pack at more than the manufacturer’s recommended discharge rate. The discharge rate is:
Battery pack capacity (mah) ÷ 1000 x Pack C rating
Example for 15c packs: (3200mah ÷ 1000) x 15c = 48 Amps
Example for 20c packs: (2100mah ÷ 1000) x 20c = 42 Amps

If your speed control's low power shut-off has kicked in, don't reset it. The shut-off usually means your battery is at the low end of its voltage, and if you reset, you could cause it to drop below the recommended discharge rate, and damage your battery pack.

Storage Charge

If you are not going to use the battery pack for longer than one month, charge the pack with a storage charge. The cells will stay in balance longer and the pack will only lose a slight amount of voltage.

Battery Disposal Instructions

1. Discharge battery pack to 2.5 Volts per cell or less.
2. Fill a bucket with enough water to submerge the battery pack completely.
3. Add salt to the water until no more salt will dissolve; the water is now saturated with salt.
4. Place the battery pack in the bucket and leave submerged in the salt water solution for 24 hours.
5. Remove the battery pack from the salt water and test the voltage.
6. If the voltage does not read 0.0 Volts, re-submerge and re-test until the voltage reads 0.0 Volts.
7. Once the battery pack has been discharged to 0.0 Volts, it is safe to dispose.

It's Quick and Easy to safely dispose of your old rechargeable batteries: has developed a nationwide free battery (and cell phone) drop-off and collection program. Click the link below and enter your zip code to find locations of stores & businesses where you can drop off your old rechargeable batteries for safe disposal and recycling: Battery-Drop-off-Locations-Near-You  When we enter our zip, dozens of nearby businesses pop up. Give it a Try!

What's been your experience with LiPo's?  What's your favorite power source?  Would love to hear from you.

Here's a link to the RC Batteries Chargers and Power Supplies on my website.  Thanks for shopping at RC Planes and Copters!

Until next time, keep it safe and keep it flying!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

RC Helicopters--Coaxial, Fixed or Collective Pitch Setup?

If you have decided you want to fly RC helicopters, and further decided you want to pursue the activity on a hobby level, you next decision will be whether to start with an electric or gas-powered model. If for whatever reason you have your heart set on a gas copter, stop reading now and go on to my blog about nitro helis, but if you are still open to suggestions, there are three good reasons for the novice to choose electric:  1. they are easier to fly, simpler to operate and maintain, and more reliable; 2. they are quieter and non-messy; and 3. they cost a lot less money.

If you are willing to consider an electric model, you have at least one more major decision to make and that is the pitch setup.  Without getting too technical, “pitch’ refers to the angle of the helicopter’s rotor or blade, the rotor blade being the part of the helicopter that produces lift.  There are 3 types of pitch designs for RC helicopters—coaxial, fixed pitch (FP) and collective pitch (CP), and each has its pros and cons.  A traditional pitch design (such as FP or CP) uses one main rotor and a tail rotor to generate torque and produce lift, while the coaxial setup has twin-mains and no tail blade.  Coaxial helicopters are by far the more stable of the 3 pitch options, meaning they are also easier to fly, an important concern for most novices. Coaxial copters also come RTF, or Ready to Fly, right out of the box, another plus for someone just starting out.

Fixed Pitch helicopters are a step up from coaxial in terms of performance capabilities, but are also less stable and therefore harder to learn to fly, and a good choice for the novice who wants to start out with something slightly more challenging, but still manageable, than a coaxial copter. Collective pitch helicopters offer maximal handling and performance; capable of fully inverted 3D flying, collective pitch models are also the trickiest electric copters for beginners to master. The least stable and least forgiving of the 3 pitch options, CP rotor setups involve the steepest learning curve for newcomers and are not considered a good choice for those without previous experience with RC helicopters. Because of their relative instability and better performance capabilities, CP copters are also more dangerous than coaxial or FPs, and are probably best viewed as something to work toward but flown only after the novice has mastered the rudiments of RC helicopters and acquired good, strong flying skills.      

Venom Beacon 24GHz 4-Channel RTF Helicopter

Align T-Rex 250SE Super Combo RC Helicopter

Electric RC Helicopters